The Elections Office is exercising all options under the Elections Law to allow qualified electors, including those unable to vote in person, to exercise their franchise.
One such option is that registered voters can use absentee (postal) ballots to vote, both in the National Elections on 20 May, as well as in the Constitutional Referendum, which takes place the same day.
Constitutional Review Secretariat Director Suzanne Bothwell applauds these initiatives and encourages voters to make full use of these provisions.
‘It is important that electors are aware of the options available so that they can exercise their right to vote in the historic referendum, in addition to the national elections,’ she said.
Mobile polling stations will also be used for the first time in the Cayman Islands, specifically for those unable to attend fixed polling stations.
Anyone intending to vote by postal ballot in either the National Elections or the Constitutional Referendum, or requiring the services of a mobile polling station should apply in advance to use these provisions.
Completed application forms for both the postal ballots and the mobile stations should be returned to the registering officers of electoral districts as soon as possible. These forms can only be accepted until Thursday, 7 May (12 days before polling day).
Persons applying for postal ballots must each complete two copies of Form B, one for the election and the other for the referendum. Likewise, persons applying for mobile voting must complete two copies of Form BA, one for the election and one for the referendum.
Postal ballots may be obtained from, and be hand-delivered when complete to, respective registering officers. They may also be hand-delivered to the Elections Office at The Professional Centre, 150 Smith Road, or mailed to the Elections Office, PO Box 10120, Grand Cayman KY1-1001.
The first issue of postal ballots will be sent by Wednesday. District Returning Officers will send them to applicants by registered mail. Voters should complete their ballots and return them by regular post, or by courier. A postal ballot will be accepted by a Returning Officer until the close of polls on Election Day (20 May).
For mobile station voters, the Elections Office will publish the list of all applicants and by 7 May 2009 a schedule for mobile stations in each district will be published.
Grand Cayman’s Registering Officers are as follows:
West Bay: Mrs. Darlene Owens-Elliott, 916-4402
George Town: Ms Kathryn Myles, 916-2117
Bodden Town: Mrs. Kerry Nixon, 916-4478
East End: Mrs. Vernicia Watler, 916-4647
North Side: Ms Esther Patricia Ebanks, 916-4349
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – Georgina Lazzari, 948 0343
For more information on the constitution review process, contact the Constitutional Review Secretariat in Elizabethan Square, or call -244-3605, or visit its website, www.constitution.gov.ky.
For more information on the National Elections, contact the Elections Office on weekdays in person at The Professional Centre on Smith Road, George Town between 8:30am and 5:00pm, or call 949-8047. The public may also e-mail the office at [email protected], or visit its website: www.electionsoffice.ky.